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…consistent evidence shows that all manner of nuts, including walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans and cashews, promote healthy arteries and cholesterol levels when we consume them in moderation. Eating a small handful of nuts about five times a week is perfect (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/food-guides/nuts-seeds ).

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(Pepitas:Public Domain)

Children form their tastes for foods at home, especially in the years before they go to school. A taste for a variety of nuts and seeds can lay the foundation for a longer and healthier lifestyle, and au pairs (in partnership with their Host Families) are uniquely positioned to encourage the children in their charge.

The list of yummies on the above page from Whole Foods includes “almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, flax seeds, hazelnuts, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistaschios, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts.” Then, these superfoods can be roasted with or without salt, eaten out of hand, or included in a variety of recipes.

A simple recipe for freshly roasted pumpkin seeds (aka “pepitas” in Albuqueque) follows:

  •  Less processed oil (try olive, flax, or coconut) to cover the bottom of an aluminum pie tin
  • Pumpkin seeds stirred into the oil, and
  • Natural sea salt to taste

Preheat an oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the pie tin in the oven and bake, stirring or shaking the seeds as they begin to brown. Some people like their pepitas golden brown—and others prefer just a bit of charcoal. The choice is yours!

Al Ataque!

(Further resources for your pleasure: http://www.nuts.com, and http://www.nutsnberries.com).

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cranes wiki public domain

(Cranes, Wiki, Public Domain)

In winter, Canada geese have long gone south and are no longer visible along the Rio Grande corridor that marks the almost-western border of the Albuquerque, New Mexico metro-plex. However, cranes have taken their place.

As the earth is plowed and turned to rest before the start of the busy growing season later this month, it is a common sight to see small flocks of migrant birds resting on the soil, as they quietly seek out last fall’s remaining seed in the soft dirt.

For au pairs in the Albuquerque area, the Rio Grande corridor is a journey into nature—and into history. The beautiful horse farms that border this road are back away from the road, behind agricultural fields in which birds rest. Many homes are adobe, and date from the middle of the past century or earlier.

Los Poblanos  (famous for their lavender fields in summer) draws international visitors to their farm. Near the Old Town end of the Rio Grande corridor are shops and restaurants with a local flavor, and Old Town Plaza itself is a world class tourist area.

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Carrizo Mountains (Arizona) and Chuska Mountai...

Carrizo Mountains (Arizona) and Chuska Mountains (Arizona and New Mexico), (Photo credit: Wikipedia, Public Domain)

Dine College was founded in 1968 to serve the Navajo Nation in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. It was the first of the tribal colleges to be established and presently has two main campuses, six community centers, and about 2000 students. The Crownpoint site is located in New Mexico, northeast of Gallup and Thoreau. This makes Crownpoint within reasonable commuting distance for cultural au pairs located in the Albuquerque, NM area.

Dine College offers Associate degrees in Fine Arts, Business, Early Childhood and Elementary Education (Teacher Preparation), Public Health, Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Associate degrees are also offered n Dine Studies and Navajo Language.

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Brown Mackie College(505) 559-5200Albuquerque http://www.brownmackie.edu

Brookline College – Albuquerque Campus(505) 880-2877Albuquerque http://brooklinecollege.edu/locations/albuquerque/

Central New Mexico Community College (505) 224-3000Albuquerque http://www.cnm.edu

University of New Mexico(505) 277-0111Albuquerque http://www.unm.edu/

Clovis Community College(800) 769-1409Clovis http://www.clovis.edu

Dine’ College- Crowpoint Site(505) 368-3500Crowpoint http://www.dinecollege.edu

Luna Community College(800) 588-7232Las Vegas http://www.luna.edu

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM)(505) 662-0344Los Alamos http://www.la.unm.edu

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Ambersweet oranges, a new cold-resistant orang...

Ambersweet oranges (Photo credit: Wikipedia, Public Domain)

As part of the general movement toward a healthy and green lifestyle, there is an explosion in children’s nutrition.Cultural au pairs and host families may enjoy the process of learning about supplements for the youngest members of the family.

The following products, chosen from among many similar ones, are found in major health food stores. Be sure to consult the child’s pediatrician for any questions regarding suitability.

  • Rhino Gummy Calci-Bears by Nutrition Now are chewy bear-shaped “jelly candies” that contain extra calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D. This product won the Chef’s Award for “Best Taste” in 2011 and is gluten-free. The suggested serving size is 2 bears. Each serving provides 20-25% of the Daily Value of calcium, and 50% of the Daily Value of vitamin D for children 2-4 years/4+ years respectively. Grams of sugar per serving are 3, and calories are 15.
  • Animal Parade Kid Greenz by Nature’s Plus contain “broccoli, spinach, and other green foods” as a chewable vitamin. African animal shapes intrigue kids, and this product is gluten free and hypo-allergenic. Daily values of greens are not established for children under or over 4 years of age, and are therefore not reported. Each one animal serving contains 1 gram of sugar and 5 calories.
  • Kids Liquid Dolphin Pals by Country Life provide complete multivitamins and minerals, plus B vitamins, in a gentle liquid with a berry splash flavor. This product is not recommended for children under 2 years of age. 1 teaspoon provides about 50% of many nutritional guidelines for children under 4 years of age, or 25%-30% for children over 4 years of age. Each serving contains 2 grams of sugar and 15 calories.

As part of the research for this article, I felt compelled to taste-test the citrus fruit-flavored Rhino Gummy Calci-Bears and the tropical fruit-flavored Animal Parade Kid Greenz. I confess to an extra serving of each.

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Albuquerque, Afonso de images

(Afonso de Albuquerque, encyclopedia.com, Public Domain)

One special aspect of the cultural au pair program is the social support it offers to participants. Each cultural au pair cluster meets regularly for participants to get to know each other, and to network successes and difficulties.

However, there is another level to cultural au pair “culture.” GoAuPair’s focus on technology provides a network of blogs in each area where GoAuPair is a presence. The first of these blogs to be discussed is local to Albuquerque, NM. The author is Gail Hanscom, LAR.

Topics of specific au pair interest on the Albuquerque blog include  DOS regulations, childcare information, and tips regarding life in a foreign country. Additional topics relate to New Mexico food, history, culture, and lifestyle.

Next week’s post in this series will introduce the GoAuPair blog in Allentown, PA.

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A Chavin stone art in the shape of a head.

Chavin stone art, Wikipedia, public domain

Brookline College in Albuquerque is located at the corner of Central Avenue (old Route 66, west of the Rio Grande) and Atrisco Drive, in a gateway area  to Albuquerque’s southwestern communities.

Brookline College was established in 1979 and now offers a variety of post-secondary programs in business and professional fields that include nursing, accounting, criminal justice, paralegal, medical assistant, and pharmacy technician. Levels of training range from diploma programs to the Bachelor of Science degree. Brookline College has a unique program called “More than One Future” that offers students a second degree tuition-free. BrooklineCollege is pre-approved for au pairs in the GoAuPair program.

Further information about Brookline College is available at Wikipedia.
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Brown Mackie College(505) 559-5200Albuquerque http://www.brownmackie.edu

Brookline College – Albuquerque Campus(505) 880-2877Albuquerque http://brooklinecollege.edu/locations/albuquerque/

Central New Mexico Community College(505) 224-3000Albuquerque http://www.cnm.edu

University of New Mexico(505) 277-0111Albuquerque http://www.unm.edu/

Clovis Community College(800) 769-1409Clovis http://www.clovis.edu

Dine’ College- Crowpoint Site(505) 368-3500Crowpoint http://www.dinecollege.edu

Luna Community College(800) 588-7232Las Vegas http://www.luna.edu

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM)(505) 662-0344Los Alamos http://www.la.unm.edu

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Downtown Albuquerque, NM

Downtown Albuquerque, NM (Photo credit: Wikipedia, public domain)

Brown Mackie College provides career-focused post-secondary education at their Albuquerque, NM campus. Programs include Healthcare and Wellness, Business and Technology, Legal Studies, and Veterinary Technology.

Brown Mackie’s courses are offered at a pace that fits the needs of students with other obligations—including au pairs. The “One Course a Month” schedule lets students take one course this month, complete it, and then take a second class next month.

Brown Mackie College has a long history of educational excellence. The college opened in 1892 as part of the Kansas Wesleyan School of Business. Many changes ensued as Brown Mackie College first became part of American Education Centers in Kentucky, and later joined the Education Management Corporation from Pennsylvania. There are now more than 25 campuses in 15 states, including the Albuquerque campus, that are part of Brown Mackie College.

A list of names and websites for post-secondary schools (including Brown Mackie College) that are pre-approved in New Mexico for the GoAuPair education credit follows:

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Brown Mackie College(505) 559-5200Albuquerque http://www.brownmackie.edu

Brookline College – Albuquerque Campus(505) 880-2877Albuquerque http://brooklinecollege.edu/locations/albuquerque/

Central New Mexico Community College(505) 224-3000Albuquerque http://www.cnm.edu

University of New Mexico(505) 277-0111Albuquerque http://www.unm.edu/

Clovis Community College(800) 769-1409Clovis http://www.clovis.edu

Dine’ College- Crowpoint Site(505) 368-3500Crowpoint http://www.dinecollege.edu

Luna Community College(800) 588-7232Las Vegas http://www.luna.edu

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM)(505) 662-0344Los Alamos http://www.la.unm.edu

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